Project Summary: Foundations of Biology


Title: Foundations of Biology
Authors: Amanda Murray Hyde , Jennifer Williams, and Shannon Compton
Project coordinator: Tim Dolan, Greenfield Community College / @dolant
Rebus project manager: Zoe Wake Hyde / @zoe
License: CC BY
Target audience: First semester survey courses at community colleges, with a mixture of biology majors and gen-ed students.
Subject: Biology

This project will involve merging OpenStax Biology and OpenStax Concepts of Biology to create a version suitable for the mixed groups that are taught in a community college setting.

We currently need help with:

  • Importing into Pressbooks (the first step)
  • Accessibility and tagging checks
  • Training for the team
  • Proofreading/copyediting

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Current project team:
@dolant (project coordinator), @zoe (rebus project manager), @hugh…and you?

Updates from my end:

  1. I’ve contacted BCcampus to ask whether they are working on a PB version of the Biology book.

  2. Here is the Canadian edition of the OpenStax Concepts of Biology book, from BCcampus:

@zoe could you please put that book into the Rebus instance, as a reference. We can then easily help @tdolan & team get the bits they want into their own book.

  1. Lumen Learning has a bunch of Biology courses available on a Pressbooks instance, see:

In particular, Biology I seems to have lots of OpenStax content in it. I don’t know how much editing etc has happened:

… but all of this can come into Pressbooks much more cleanly than the OpenStax source files.

I suggest we (as Rebus) try to focus on getting a complete collection of OpenStax books in Pressbooks in “clean” versions – which will make it easy for people to edit / remix / revise them.

Also, @lizmays @zoe … wondering if we should split out a specific/separate project … which is just: “get OpenStax Biology book into Pressbooks.”

@hugh Here’s the BCcampus version of Concepts in Biology, freshly added to the Community Press:

@dolant Hey Tim, am I right in thinking you’re not planning on using the OpenStax quiz questions in your version? I haven’t been able to find a good way to copy over the solutions, so could save us some time if they’re not necessary. Will keep at it if they are, though!

I am willing to organize some photo research for this book

Thanks @aludbrook! We’ll let you know when we get closer to that stage.